Funny Things to Ponder

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Political turbulence or cleaning up?

Karnataka in contrast to Kerala and TN, have not been a host to radical social movements. But, the people of Karnataka have risen up time and again; when the question of existence of Kannada and survival of Kannadiga are questioned. One instance is the Gokak Chaluvali where Dr. Rajkumar and others made a mass uprising to force the Govt. to go back-foot w.r.t status accorded to Kannada language in academics.

The Gundu rao government’s policy to favor the linguistic minority was met with fierce opposition and such incidents have happened after his regime too. The opposition to introduction of Urdu news cutting into Kannada news air time is still lingering in memory even though it happened a good 10 years ago.

If we take a look at the recent elections in Karnataka, there are some interesting insights. 

List of parties which stood election in Karnataka: 32 excluding independents (1)

65% voting was witnessed in Karnataka state elections. (2)

Even though Congress secured more votes than BJP, the number of seats in BJP kitty is more. JD(S) secured close to 60% of votes as gained by BJP, but the total seats won by this party were 1/4th of BJP’s score.

Except BJP, JD(S), Congress, Independents, BSP ; no party has secured even 1% in terms of overall vote percentage of the total votes polled. Parties trying to secure a national foothold or screwed ideology are always trying to gain a foothold. But, there is no party which started out as a regional party to protect the interests of the state, language and its culture.

In the Indian context, the media has always portrayed the regionalism as negative sense. Its also a positive emotion since it encourages people to develop a sense of brotherhood, and commonness based on basis of language, religion or historical background.

Interference from Center has led to regional feelings, where the states are demanding for greater autonomy. Also, the states are reacting against the efforts of the national government which is imposing a particular ideology (right wing, left wing etc), language (Hindi) or a cultural pattern on all people and groups.

Even the names of previous politicians who were termed as unsuccessful in creating a regional party are not true. Those parties were started since the state leader was unhappy with the high command interference. But, these parties failed to build upon the regional feelings and tried to project them as one man / party which are a replacement to national one.

 Devaraj URS - Devaraj Urs was unhappy with Indira Gandhi. Took lot of legislators from multiple states formed INC -URS and later become INC (Socialist)
Bangarappa - His personal support with the electorate, which seemed not to be reliant upon the political party to which he belonged, although his popularity declined over time

If these parties/leaders have tried to create a sense of regionalism, then things would have been different for Karnataka.

The revolt of Devaraj Urs and the subsequent attempts to reduce his persona by his opposing group heralded the era of high command culture in Karnataka politics. For a brief time, the Ramakrishna Hegde provided a firm hand in administration which was followed by turbulence in state politics. The “high command” intervened at the drop of hat and resulted in changing chief ministers of the state frequently.

Even in the recent MP elections, “the process of fragmentation of the party system and the electorate is still progressing, Indian voters having opted for regional and local players more than they ever did before. The first real loser of the elections is the BJP. In India, the act of voting has always been partially over-determined by the ethnic identity of the citizen, be it based on religion, caste or language.

Ethnic voting is especially obvious at the state level given the regional dimension of castes - most of them (especially the dominant castes) do not expand beyond a linguistic area, often coterminous with one state. In Karnataka, 73% of the Lingayats voted for the BJP (Shastri, Suri et al., 2009: 117). “

Source - (3)
We can see that except for a marginal dip in 1999, the regional parties are increasing in strength at the cost of BJP and multi-state parties in the MP elections.

Recently, Karnataka had the first BJP party in power and they have seen that linguistic minorities are given prominence at the cost of aspirations of the majority. The mistakes made by BJP is never ending and Yedi was part of the few too

  •  BJP govt. still playing around with the closure of Kannada medium schools (6)

  • Installed Tamil poet statue in heart of Bengaluru to woo minority votes in BBMP elections (7)

  • Gave away funds to Hindu religious institutes at the command and wishes of RSS

  • Put the Central leadership interests over the state in Kaveri issue

  • Did not handle Belagavi issue with iron fist till the pressure was mounted

  • Openly supported the Reddy brothers and encouraged mining lobby

  • Systematic saffornization of state machinery, education and civil society (5)

  • Protecting and prompting communal organizations to inflict or entice communal tensions (4)

Last but not the least, it was caught in embarrassing position when its party members were caught on camera watching porn content during assembly hours.

Looking at the hand in glove techniques of Congress and BJP in various issues affecting the state, the people of the state have realized or on the path to realization that regional parties are the need of the hour.

Therefore, we have 3 regional outfits (JD(S), BRS-Congress,KJP) claiming stake in the coming elections. Whether the time is right or not, will be decided by the electorate of the state. The forward march of Hindutva has halted, its time for Kannadatana to take center stage. Make way for it! 

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Friday, May 18, 2012

dubbing! ban

KFI says we dont need dubbing culture, but a growing set of audience differ in opinion..
They say that there are lot of Kannadigas who are watching telugu, tamil, hindi flicks and if we release those movies in kannada, kannadigas will come back to their root.
Also, I am sure that no of theatres releasing movies in para basha will come down since kannadigas will start watching movies in kannada.
Problem faced by kannadiga and not by a person who has accepted all languages :
1. I want to watch DISCOVERY channel in Kannada. Why am I NOT allowed?
2. I want my kids and younger cousins like to watch cartoon shows in Kannada and I feel that they can understand better, why are they denied of entrainment in Kannada right from childhood?
3. Today, If one can release English movie dubbed into telugu , tamil in Karnataka, why not a Kannada version?
So, the fundamental problem lies with the ‘madivantike’ of the KFI and its fear to face the competition.
KFI is MOSTLY filled with morons.. thats a hard truth and its hard to deny it..
offlate, there are more half baked directors, actors, writers etc. who think that they are better than the rest and therefore their views are the best and there should be no opposition to it..
When we encounter such folks, we can pity these ‘frogs in the well’ since they are under the impression that they know the best and rest are just a piece of trash..
Lets consider a run of mill movie :
hero-in – para bashe
villan – igu adhe para bashe inda
ivarige dubbing madisdre aga paravagilla ante.. :-D
singer – para bashe
music director – most of times, para bashe
technician, outdoor units – chennai , hyd etc..
hero – kannadiga but always looking at telugu tamil hindi english cinema and trying to copy it..
ista ada mele, illi yaru kannadiga? ivaru mado remakes kannada culture na reflect madata?
ivaru torso long maachu culture namma srujanasheelate na kapadutha?
Also, we shouldn’t compare industries. Our motto should be to give best content made elsewhere in kannada language instead of asking our clan to learn those languages.
how long shall we watch the remakes of Tamil/Telugu movies ?
how long will be bear the torture of watching movies made by half baked directors?
how long will be using English for improving our knowledge (scientific, technology etc ) ?
Lot of ppl are asking today’s youth to stop watching dubbed content coz its affecting kannada artists. .
Since the advent of Internet in India, all our postmen are losing jobs and prominence.. 
By using cars.. our jataka stands got eliminated.. 
By introducing cinema, our drama/touring talkies folks lost their jobs.. since cinema was introduced, imagine Master Hiranaiyiah doing fast until death since his company would go down in lane. Or if they collectively decided to ban cinema since it destroys language, culture etc..
where was the care and concern for these folks when we moving up the value chain?
Also, the argument of losing jobs is flawed since we have lot of opportunities and there is no restriction of making good content. stating budget constraints and poor marketing fund is not a reason for movies failing, its more of fundamental Q. Our movies have stopped reflecting reality.
Today, underworld is not a big issue in bangalore or karnataka. yet, most of the movies revolve around these topics.
The rest of movies which are based on village topics.. In these movies ; none of mannerisms, dressing etc on screen reflect a average kannadiga, its a scene to scene copy of tamil or telugu flick.
When a section of audience press their demand for dubbing, most of them link this demand to difficulties faced by kannada schools, releasing non-Kannada movies in the land of Karnataka and what not.. One cant force all content in one demand and make it look stupid, unreasonable or exorbitant …. if they do, it will be similar to the demands made by Verappan while he held Rajkumar as hostage ..
As a starter, lets work on this dubbing aspect before jumping the gun on higher education, medium of instruction etc. I am sure that even an illiterate can benefit if we revoke the ban on dubbing.
Today, TV viewers in Kannada channels are only entitled to superstition/astrology, petty quarrels blown out of proportion, glorification of crime, atte – sose jagala and some daily soaps!
So, looking at content produced in so called Kannada tele industry ; one cannot increase his/her knowledge on various topics and we are doomed to die in ignorance if we just know Kannada!
When we ask for various content to be dubbed, it means that we need to introduce our folks to such varied range of topics, ensure that range of knowledge increases.
We are not bothered if producer from Munireddy palya or from Michigan makes profit . If one has content and zeal to take risk, be the fore runner.. else , just watch the content made by someone else.
Asking me to wait till someone in Kollegala gets this idea, produces this show and watch only that show over the one made in Cologne, is sheer bullying.
Today, we are building a system where Kannada means ignorance, only imaginary, poetic and cannot be used in day to day affairs (going forward)
Instead of pointing fingers and mixing issues, try to look through the eyes of commoner in chitradurga or shimago.. we are forcing him/her to look elsewhere if they need to update, stay current and improve their knowledge.
the WE , who are resistant to change, imposed invisible barriers and then blame the entire fraternity for their aggression.. we cannot live in isolation any longer!!
Since I am writing this post, I or my profession would be the next target. Stop blaming the techies or any profession, look at the issue brought up! Techies are not immune and cold, we are also subjected to same pain as felt by any other kannadiga! just bcoz we work in AC office and speak in English with our clients doesnt take our feelings away and love for the language wont reduce..
None of the anti dubbing folks have concrete answers for Q raised by pro dubbing folks.
Do they have scientifically researched data to prove that dubbing brings change in culture and language?
Has dubbing destroyed the social fabric in European countries or southern states?
Has dubbing made thousands/lakhs of people jobless in other cinema industry?
We need to change this system and someone needs to start it.. if you cant start it, atleast support the folks who are working towards it. Dont be one more leg puller in the crowd!!
Why are “WE” unfit to change?
why are “WE” like heddar pukal’s fearing about the worst all the time?
Why have “WE” stopped working towards making Kannada as the functional language
When shall “WE” be ready to start proclaiming that we dont need other languages for entrainment, science, information etc since our language is capable of translating it and we are fine with it?
Lets start with mass media and follow the same footsteps in other fields too! we can get back the glory and restore faith on Kannada..
Finally, the q is
“What is pro Kannada?”
1> Watching Telugu film in Telugu, Watching Tamil film in Tamil, Watching Hindi film in Hindi, Watching English film in English.
2> Watching everything in Kannada.
These people have forced us to watch content in non kannada language when we can dub them.. arent we entitled to various other forms of entrainment in kannada apart from whats available now..
Dubbing will take the value chain forward and not a step backward! the language will be heard everywhere and kannadigas will get all content in kannada. we can stop running behind other languages and stick to our language!